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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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very good

2,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 2718
Reviews: 1028
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber pour with 2 fingers of white head and great lacing. Smells of herbal grassy hops, bell peppers, saison style grain bill with a hint of sweet caramel.
The flavor is very sweet and grassy. A hoppy Belgian ale with lots of bite. Mouthfeel is creamy for the style, high carbonation, medium body. A funky yet hoppy Belgian ale. Delicious all around.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 22:17:44 | More by facundoCNB
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap in to 330ml tulip glass.

Was recommended to try this by the manager of my local craft beer pub.
It poured a lovely dark amber with a slight head that remained until the end.
Had a sweet aroma with hint of typical IPA smell.
On first mouth full, had a slight syrupy feel to it.
Taste was wonderful, great IPA hops with a sweet aftertaste that matched the aroma.
Not as bitter as other IPAs I have tried, O'Hara's, Sierra Nevada etc.

Tried it on two more occasions, after other various beers and found a unusual wheat beer taste to it. Will have to investigate further.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 17:22:35 | More by smiler_durden
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber body with a bone white head. Good transparency and carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S- Very strong hop aroma with Belgian spices coming through.

T- Very similar to the aroma; spices compliment the hoppy body very nicely.

M- Somewhat of a bite on the tongue, with medium-high carbonation.

O- Very nice Belgian IPA. ABV is hidden well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 20:29:17 | More by stephenjmoore
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Pours orange with a short lived white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel and biscuit malt, ripe fruit, citrusy hops. Body is full and very tangy. Huge amount of citrusy hops, caramel and bready malt, peaches and cherries fill the mouth. Finish is huge and very hoppy. Awesome brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 19:45:38 | More by mikeg67
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on5/5/12. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of sudsy bright-white head. This maintains some frothy edging, leaving back foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The Belgian qualities of the aroma jump right out, with spice and fruity esters that mix in with a fresh floral feel, bitter smelling grapefruit, and a light sticky mix of tropical fruit and malt across the back. There is also a soft underpinning of heat to this but it isn’t too bad.

The taste is fresh hop character throughout, with bitter grapefruit that is softened a bit on the edges by herbal and light tropical fruit flavors while a gentle biscuit feeling malt presence sits along the back of the profile. The Belgian influence is really felt more in the finish here though, with spice and an estery feel that lingers with some sharp bitter pith on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit sharp on the tongue, with a firm creaminess along the back of the throat. There is a little warmth here to the body but it mostly just emboldens the hops and spice, as a slick oily undercurrent to the feel helps keep this smooth.

I had been hearing good things about this Flying Dog effort and found them to be mostly true! This has a nice balance to it between those bold American hop flavors and Belgian yeast notes that kept them quite complimentary to each other. This drank nicely for the bigger size here as well. I’ll be returning to this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 19:31:54 | More by Kegatron
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer on tap.

A: beer was dark amber in color with a small head. Mild Lacing

S: The beer is floral. There was a slight citrus smell

T: rich, mouthful of hops feeling. Smooth with a good balance between hops and malt.

O: this is a great beer. Now one of my favorites. Well balanced and moderately priced.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 03:20:18 | More by DapperGrowler
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives very dark yellow, no light orange with a smallish white head. Retention is good after it hits the island and ring stage.
Smell is hoppy of course with malt and citrus notes and pepper as well.
Taste is hoppy grapefruit with light pepper and malt. Balance is as expected of an IPA.
Smoother than expected, and of a style I drink rarely, this is a good brew. Dry finish with a nice grapefruit linger. Medium bodied though leaning fuller. Lightish effervescence though prominent on the tip of the tongue to start. Warming in the throat. A good brew to be sure but the ABV says "just one, son".

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 00:54:11 | More by PorterLambic
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1/3 pint served in Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. First glass from the new tap. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: About one finger of head fades soonish, leaving only a white canopy over a deeply-coloured orange beer. Translucent, but murky.

S: Fresh, funky, and yeasty, with a grassy (hoppy?) undertone.

T: Hugely spicy, freshly twangy, and imminently interesting. Lots of yeast, reminiscent of a tripel, that is both tasty and pleasant. The aftertaste is vaguely dry and lingering.

M: Drying, scintillating, and smackworthy.

O: I like Raging Bitch and it's even better on-tap. Definitely recommended. Will be looking for it on-tap again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 17:08:19 | More by AgentMunky
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really nice. Brighter and clearer than most IPAs. This is my first Belgian-style one. Great lacing.

Smell: Excellent. Combination of floral hops and dark fruit. A bit lemony. Sort of reminds me of a combo American and English IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pleasant combination of floral hops with vague fruity malt. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a bit unbalanced for the flavors. Too thin for this beer.

Drinkability: Very good summer IPA.

Overall: See drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 17:22:28 | More by tjsdomer2
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color. Clear.
S: Triple-like yeast. Western citrusy hops.
T: Candi sugar sweetness. Astringent hops.
M: medium body. Medium carbonation. Silky texture from sugar fermentation.
O: Surprisingly drinkable and balanced. Nothing exceptional in complexity, but balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 02:24:17 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed brassy amber with an ivory head. Good retention. Very fruity, like applesauce and pear juice with hints of overripe banana and a bit of peach. There's also something distantly spirituous, like good vodka or perhaps limoncello. There's a strawberry and chopped cucumber note in there that reminds me of Pimm's as well. A good mouthful develops big sweetness cut off by a quick, sharp bitterness of hops and booze. Quinine and bitter lemon, musty yeast, grapefruit rind, baked apple, and burnt orange dominate, fading into a green banana and lemon peel finish. Not bad! Almost exactly what you'd hope for in a Belgian-American hybrid.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 22:40:05 | More by soulgrowl
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Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'd always wanted to try this. On tap at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured bright with mild carbonation. Dark gold colour with a two finger creamy, eggshell head. Great lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity yeast. American style hops. Not exciting or nostril grabbing compared to other examples of the style. Tame aroma.

T - Odd. Not enough yeast character. Seems they just added 'Belgian' to the name fo the beer. Lot's of fruity hops, showing off grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet up front for balance.

M - Mild carbonation seems light. Medium to full body. Seems more like a IIPA.

O/D - Definately not to style and not what I would expect for a style I enjoy. I didn't mind it at all but it wasn't what A Belgian IPA typically represents.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 11:07:04 | More by tbeckett
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/18/11.

A - Clear gold-toned copper orange liquid with a finger's worth of sturdy white foam on top and plenty of active carbonation bubbles racing throughout the body. Head retained quite well and deposited lots of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Bright citric hops and spicy Belgian yeast combine nicely here, giving the aroma a bold hop character but with a spicy flair suggesting notes of pepper and clove. Malt character is grainy, although the hops and yeast are really at the forefront here.

T - I was anticipating this to be more on the Belgian side of the spectrum, but you know what? Raging Bitch boasts a decisively hoppy flavor that is bursting with citrus fruit and, to a lesser degree, floral notes. The yeast adds a pleasant spicy bite to counter the assertive hop bill in the backend, then trails off a bit to finish with a grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with brisk carbonation and a light syrupy texture with some residul oiliness from the hops. Finishes with moderate bitterness some spiciness on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this way more than I'd hoped. Raging Bitch is easily one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had thus far. Great stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 16:29:19 | More by ffejherb
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I had no idea that the beer I had a pint of last week had such a profane name! The bartender just said it was "Flying Dog's Belgian IPA"--which was good enough for me to order a pint. I wonder if he felt embarrassed calling it by its name, and I wonder how many stores would hesitate putting this on its shelves for the same reason. I just don't see the wisdom in Flying Dog giving it such a controversial title. Surely something else could just as effectively convey something about this beer's intensity.

THE BODY of this one is honey-colored and/or pale bronze. It is clear with no sediment at the bottom, and nice, thick white foam + lacing at the top.

THE SMELL is good, though it just smells like a good IPA to me and had nothing "Belgian" per se. Overall, it is sweet and floral with aromas of hops and strawberry.

THE TASTE is pretty interesting and I could instantly tell why they would call this a "Belgian-Style IPA": the Belgian yeast is intense! In fact it is the first taste to hit you, followed by sweet and then bitter hops. It has a lingering sourness that competes with the Belgian yeast danceing all over the mouth from the first sip. I would say that this tastes like a trippel and a big American IPA mixed together. Very creative stuff.

THE FEEL is pretty nice with an overall dryness yet a slightly wet, snappy finish. It has a medium-light consistency to it. It is very alcoholic but not overwhelming.

CONCLUSION: A very creative, well-made beer. Although I do agree with another reviewer who felt this was nothing more than an American double/imperial IPA which used Belgian yeast. Do the Belgians really like their beers this hoppy? I kinda doubt it. This is American to the core. I suppose Flying Dog simply used "Belgian" in the title for lack of a better word. Regardless, it's interesting and worth trying if you like IPA's or trippels.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:07:56 | More by MadeInOregon
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: When this beer, which was poured from the tap, reached my table it had a 1/2" foamy off-white head with fair head lacing that dissipated slowly. The body was a clear deep amber with virtually no carbonation.

AROMA: The nose test demonstrated a light malt aroma that supported a moderate hop bouquet of fruity citrus and orange with a moderate complimentary yeasty dough scent.

TASTE: A light nutty malt taste complimented a moderate fruity citrus, orange and spicy pear taste supported by a moderate doughy yeast flavor. Quite tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a smooth textured light to medium body with very soft carbonation and fair body lacing that dissipated slowly. The initial flavor was slightly sweet. That bloomed a lightly bitter, moderately dry finish of medium length with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This a big beer with a high alcohol content which is very well masked. Watch out that it doesn't sneak up on you after two or three rounds. It's one of the best beers brewed by Flying Dog and a very nice Belgian IPA, though certainly not the "best of breed." I'd definitely buy it again and serve it in the right circumstance. My only complaint is that it's slightly overpriced compared to others of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 23:44:50 | More by paulginva
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, reddish orange with two fingers of white head. Head recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: lots and lots of bubblegum with some banana as well. There is just a touch of citrus hops on the finish.

T: sweet Belgian candy sugar amd bubblegum up front with some spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The hops kick in then, adding some piny flavors and a light bitterness.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty crisp and not too sweet or bitter.

O: very good Belgian IPA. Good combination of the Belgian yeast characteristics and hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 04:20:21 | More by n2185
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2.05/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


On tap at URGE.

A: Transparent golden orange. Creamy cap. Looks inviting.

S: Coriander, clove, and orange, with bready malt. Very spicy. Some light grapefruit. A little alcohol. Perhaps some pepper. Smells like a generic Belgian beer. Average at best.

T: Moderately bitter grapefruit rind up front with prominent spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and white pepper. There's a lot astringency in there. Far too spicy for my taste, and not enough of the IPA showing through. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter astringent finish. There's a definite clash of spice and bitterness in the end that reminds me of aspirin. That's terrible.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Not recommended at all. Avoid. Looks deceived me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 04:42:31 | More by HopHead84
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange color with good head and sticky web like lacing. Low head retention but has a solid cream floating for a few minutes that fades to a spotty sheet across the top of the beer. The nose grabs you with nice citrusy and floral hops and an almost tangerine orange fruit. Taste is packed with piney bittern g hops that flow nicely into a caramel biscuity malt bill that has a Belgian spicing backfinish. This beer speaks to me what a Belgian IPA should be. Great finish

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 20:46:15 | More by jmfc8237
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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From old notes, tasted at Molly Malones on 8th St. SE in DC, Barracks Row.

A: Pretty semi clear darker orange color with crazy cascading champagne bubbles. Small bone white head and great retention and epic lacing.

S: Orange peel, yeasty wheat, sugary hops, some straw like notes, and beligan yeasty malt character. Not a lot of hops but it still has some bitters.

T: Ok, seems a la Belgian pale than what I expect from a Belgian IPA. Very dry belgian golden yeast, banana, and straw flavors. Some hops of a citrus like variety poke through with plenty of bright fruity sugar in the finish. Needs more hops to round out the sweetness.

M:Nice creamy feel with bitters at the back.

D: Average I'd say, would definitely not have gotten another glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 01:11:08 | More by Dreadnaught33
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice golden orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some nice fruity yeast aromas, followed by a nice floral and slightly citrus-y hop aroma that finishes up the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts mixed with some nice earthy and floral hops giving way to fruity yeast flavors which then lead to a nice citrus-y hop flavor to finish.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, the flavors were nice and they flowed well together from one flavor to the next which is something I either don't notice or don't get a lot of. Decent sized abv rolls it's drinkability back a bit, but still pretty good nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 11:35:08 | More by erosier
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West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Gibbie's on High St. in Morgantown, WV.

A - Amber color w/ a slight haze. Moderate 1/2" of head faded to creamy rings of lacing.

S - Sweet candy and citrus hops.

T - Powerful hops blended nicely with the Belgian yeast and malt. Hints of bubble-gum.

M & D - Smooth. 8.3% ABV is nicely hidden and I would certainly grab another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 12:53:56 | More by MaxBrewell
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4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good belgian ipa. Golden in the glass. Smells of belgian yeast and esters. A hop note is also there. The taste starts with hoppy goodness develops into a something like a golden belgian and finishes dry and bitter. The carbonation is just right for all of the developing flavors. This is a very drinkable beer that you have to be careful sipping. A true marriage of two excellent beer styles resulting in a wonderful result.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 22:58:52 | More by waterintobeer
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a sports bar at the Gaylord National Hotel in DC.

A: Very clear dark orange color, with about a 3-4 finger head that stayed fairly frothy throughout the session.

S: Crushed pine needles, freshly cut grass, grapefruit, and small dose of Belgian funk.

T: Very bitter, but in a grassy, organic kind of way. The citrus definitely plays second fiddle to the pine and the finish was semi-dry.

M: The froth didin't lace the glass (or the palate) that much with sugary sweetness, which I appreciated. However, the bitter fresh cut lawn clipping quality lingered a bit quite a bit for my taste.

D: I enjoyed the 16 oz. brew that I had, but if I had ordered another beer, I would have changed things up a bit. Too much pine for one sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 01:58:57 | More by Chaney
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First heard of Raging Bitch through the Thirsty Dog variety pack. It came with these "fliers". (unfortunatley not the beer)

After forgetting about it for a while a local bar specializing in mirco brews had it on tap. I ordered one up because of being impressed with the other Thirsty Dog selection and for my love of IPA's. (Plus ordering one is just fun lol )

Appearence was slightly cloudy darkish yellow, typical IPA with great head retention.

Smell was typical hops with a bit of sweet involed.

Taste is phenomenal! Complex multiple hops, slightly sweet, and grainy with a hint of belgian ale. Overall just wonderful, and a great after taste.

Mouthfeel is slightly more foamy then the average IPA but the taste makes up for it.

Drinkability is wonderful as with all IPA's watch yourself because of the higher than "normal" ABV. Overall this hands down one of my favorite brews.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 21:28:32 | More by MrBlueShirt
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the home kegerator. Nothing like that. Poured many, many times into a Raging Bitch goblet obtained during a Rustico glassware giveaway.

Pours a moderate golden color with quite a bit of haze and a nice white head along with oodles of sticky lacing. The nose brings some fresh Belgian yeast with a bit of white pepper and spice. Strong floral hops mix in well. The taste is a bit spicy with mild fruit and a decent amount of bitterness, though not too much. Feel is a medium body with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a really nice example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 04:06:53 | More by Thorpe429
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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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